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Youth 'new hope of peace, growth'


09:55, August 25, 2012

Vice-Premier Li Keqiang shares a happy moment with visiting teachers and students from Moscow State University in Beijing on Friday. Wu Zhiyi / China Daily

The youth of China and Russia should shoulder the responsibility of maintaining the world's peace and development, Vice-Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday.

"Enhanced cooperation and friendship between China and Russia will do good to people from both countries, and be helpful to world peace," he said during his meeting with a Russian delegation of 300 students from Moscow State University in Beijing.

Li’s remarks were made as the international community watches the duo play a more active and decisive role in shaping the world’s agenda.

"I expect the youth in both countries to act as the next new generation responsible for safeguarding peace and development worldwide," Li said, calling them "ambassadors and the future of bilateral relations".

As part of efforts to promote cultural exchanges between youth from both sides, Li announced during his visit to Russia in April that the Chinese government would sponsor 300 students from Moscow State University to study and travel in China this summer.

The Russian delegation arrived on Aug 18 to start the 10-day trip, during which it will visit historical sites and industrial factories in Beijing and the provinces of Shaanxi and Sichuan.

As a response, Moscow State University said Russia will invite 100 Chinese students to attend a youth forum in Moscow every year.

Li emphasized there are three key points to help the youth turn into the "new generation": adhering to peace, sticking to innovation and being open and tolerant to others.

The invited students said on Friday that they were inspired by Li’s speech.

Vasilisa Nasledova, a student of global studies at the Moscow university, said the vice-premier’s words remind her that it is not a question of China’s and Russia’s wishes to join hands on peace agenda, but a question of necessity.

"We must continue the current momentum as Russia and China are trying to protect cultures of different nations and protect the world from rule-making by other countries."

Another student, Tomilin Nikita, added that, as trustworthy partners, China and Russia shouldn’t act separately.

"One country alone is very difficult to protect the interests of the world. That’s why we have to be together."

China and Russia have witnessed a rapid, healthy growth of their strategic cooperative partnership since it was established more than 10 years ago.

President Hu Jintao paid a visit to Russia in June, 2011, and both sides outlined the development path of bilateral ties for the upcoming 10 years.

During Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Beijing two months ago, both countries nailed down a series of key projects and sectors for cooperation.

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